Bangladesh raises storm danger to highest level as Cyclone Mora batters coastline

May 30, 2017 by  
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Bangladesh was still picking up the pieces after flash floods in April affected millions of people when a cyclone hit. Cyclone Mora just struck the country’s southeastern coast with rain and winds hours ago, and the BBC reports five people have died. Hundreds of homes have been devastated. As Cyclone Mora approached yesterday, the country increased its storm danger signal up to 10, the highest level, with warnings some coastal areas were “likely to inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet” higher than normal. The country’s Disaster Ministry told authorities to evacuate people along the coast. Hours ago the cyclone finally struck and is already damaging a country that grapples with cyclones every year. Related: Aussie surfer designs prefab recycled cyclone-resistant homes Bangladesh is home to around 160 million people, and around 10 million reside in coastal areas. The BBC and Reuters report that one of the areas that’s already been hit the hardest in Bangladesh is Cox’s Bazaar, where hundreds of thousands of refugees reside. Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar came to Bangladesh fleeing violence, but now many of their temporary homes have been destroyed. Community leader Shamsul Alam told Reuters in the Balukhali and Kutupalong camps nearly all the 10,000 thatched huts were flattened. Cyclone Mora started to form after recent monsoon rains which led to landslides and flooding in nearby Sri Lanka . According to authorities around 180 perished as a result. In Sri Lanka, around 75,000 people have had to leave their homes. Reuters described the Sri Lankan floods as the most widespread disaster the country has seen since the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Bangladeshi weather officials still said the cyclone wasn’t as bad as they anticipated. It’s supposed to weaken and become a tropical storm as it moves towards India, where officials have already warned of heavy rains in five northern states. Via the BBC and Reuters ( 1 , 2 ) Images via SSEC/CIMSS, University of Wisconsin – Madison and screenshot

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

March 25, 2014 by  
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Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle

January 30, 2014 by  
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Historic Elephant Census in Sri Lanka Marred by Controversy

August 13, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: mckaysavage / Creative Commons National parks in Sri Lanka reopened today after being closed since Thursday for a census of elephant populations . Nearly 4,000 wildlife workers, farmers, and villagers participated by staffing treetop outposts at 1,000 locations across the country. It was the island’s first full count of elephant populations—which officials… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Getting GMO Labeling on the Ballot in California

August 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: KB35 The fact that 165 million acres of GMO crops are currently being cultivated is made even worse by the idea that it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to avoid these foods in your grocery store. As a nation we have vastly more GMO cultivated land than any other country and we’re one of the few industrialized nat… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Nature Takes Over the Office in Downtown Denver

August 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: Tres Birds Workshop In this wired era, it’s easy to let the office creep into every part of life, even time spent in nature, by checking email from the beach or taking a work call while out on the trail. But what if the tables were turned, and it was nature that was creeping into the office instead? It might look something like the playful, slightly surreal installation that eco-friendly architects Tres Birds Workshop created recently in downtown Denver…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Waterproof Ceylon Paper Pottery Made From Sand, Paper & Recycled Wood

September 15, 2010 by  
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Images: Ceylon Paper Pottery Regular ceramics are pretty energy-intensive products , though there’s a number of innovative alternatives (like no-fire tiles or crockery made from recycled post-consumer and post-industrial waste). But what about paper-based pottery? Well, the company Ceylon Paper Pottery has their tasteful version of fair-trade, sustainable and biodegradable pottery — made from waste wood, recycled paper and sand, without toxic chemicals or varnishes — and is actual…

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